Herb: Wild Einkorn

Latin name: Triticum monococcum aegilopoides

Synonyms: Triticum aegilopoides, Triticum baeoticum, Triticum thaoudar

Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)

Edible parts of Wild Einkorn:

Seed - cooked. It is usually ground into a flour and used as a cereal.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

Grassland in the Balkan Peninsular and Krym.

Other uses of Wild Einkorn:

The straw has many uses, as a biomass for fuel etc, for thatching, as a mulch in the garden etc. A fibre obtained from the stems is used for making paper. The stems are harvested in late summer after the seed has been harvested, they are cut into usable pieces and soaked in clear water for 24 hours. They are then cooked for 2 hours in lye or soda ash and then beaten in a ball mill for 1? hours in a ball mill. The fibres make a green-tan paper.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow early spring or autumn in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a few days.

Cultivation of Wild Einkorn:

Grassland in the Balkan Peninsular and Krym.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Triticum monococcum aegilopoides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.